May 16, 2013

Grand Valley’s Kelly Hartigan Earns GLIAC Women’s Golf “Athlete of The Year” Award

Ashland's Green Named "Freshman of the Year," Findlay's Baker Tabbed "Coach of the Year"

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BAY CITY, Mich. -- Grand Valley State University sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich.) has earned the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Golf "Athlete of the Year" award as announced by the conference office. Hartigan posted the lowest stroke average among the GLIAC's women's golfers this season. Ashland University rookie Ali Green (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota West) was named the conference's "Freshman of the Year" while University of Findlay head coach Al Baker was tabbed as the GLIAC "Coach of the Year".

Hartigan, a sophomore, posted arguably the best individual season in GVSU history. She led the Lakers on the final day of the GLIAC championship to record a one-over round of 73 as GVSU claimed its sixth straight GLIAC Crown.  The sophomore finished with a 221 (+5) for the three-day tournament, winning medalist honors by six strokes. On the year, Hartigan won four tournaments and finished in the top-seven eight times. She had a scoring average of 76.3 which is the fourth-best scoring average in team history.  Hartigan was the 2012 GLIAC Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-GLIAC First Team in her rookie season as well.

Green has helped lead the Eagles to the second appearance at the NCAA Division II Championships in school history. She finished second at the GLIAC Championships and followed that up by placing 31st at the NCAA Regional Tournament. Green is the second AU player to be named the GLIAC "Freshman of the Year," former All-America Erin Misheff also received the award.

Baker led the Oilers to a fourth place finish at the 2013 GLIAC Championship and then saw his team place fourth at the East Regional.  A 21-year leader of the Oilers men's and women's golf programs, Baker was named the 2002 and 2008 GLIAC "Coach of the Year" for men's golf.  He has also led the Oilers to 65 tournament victories during his career.

Joining Hartigan and Green on the 2013 All-GLIAC First Team are: senior Holly James of Ashland; junior Jacqueline DeBoer of Ferris State University, senior Lauren Vogt of the University of Findlay; and Sagivaw Valley State University freshman Gabrielle Shipley.  

The 2013 All-GLIAC Second Team includes: sophomore Abby Tepe of Ashland, juniors Ashley Swanson and  Emily Rohdy of Ferris State University, junior Brook Albers of Findlay; senior Marni Weinstein of GVSU; and senior Brittany Davidson of Northwood University.

 A complete list of the 2013 All-GLIAC Women's Golf teams is below:

2013 GLIAC Women's Golf Postseason Awards

Athlete of the Year:  Kelly Hartigan - Grand Valley State University

Conference Medalist: Kelly Hartigan - Grand Valley State University

Freshman of the Year: Ali Green - Ashland University

Coach of the Year: Al Baker - University of Findlay

2013 All-GLIAC Women's Golf Teams 

First-Team

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Kelly Hartigan

Grand Valley State

So.

Lake Orion, Mich. / Chippewa Valley

Lauren Vogt

Findlay

Sr.

Auburn, Ind. / Dekalb

Holly James

Ashland

Sr.

Strongsville, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit

Gabrielle Shipley

Grand Valley State

Fr.

Hastings, Mich.

Ali Green

Ashland

Fr.

Cincinnati, Ohio / Lakota West

Jacqueline DeBoer

Ferris State

Jr.

Grand Rapids, Mich. / South Christian

Second-Team

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Marni Weinstein

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Farmington Hills, Mich. / Walled Lake Western

Brook Albers

Findlay

Jr..

Fort Loramie, Ohio / Fort Loramie

Ashley Swanson

Ferris State

Jr.

Flushing, Mich. / Flint Powers Catholic Central

Abby Tepe

Ashland

So.

Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East

Emily Rohdy

Ferris State

Jr.

Farwell, Mich. / Farwell

Brittany Davidson

Northwood

Sr.

Mississauga, Ont

Honorable Mention

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown/High School

Madison Musick

Ashland

So.

Fairborn, Ohio / Fairborn

Veronica Ryan

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Dallas, Texas / Ursuline Academy

Michele Schambs

Findlay

So.

Chillicothe, Ohio / Zane Trace

Libby Berens

Ferris State

Fr.

Zeeland, Mich. / Holland Christian

Deborah Landis

Tiffin

Sr.

Lancaster, PA / Lancaster Christian HS.

Jenny Tsangeos

Walsh

So.

Canton, OH / GlenOak

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